Behind the scenes of the Osceola County Historical Society there are key players making sure we do a good job of keeping history alive in Osceola County. Today we are here to introduce the OCHS Marketing and Events Director, Rachel McIntee. We’ve put Rachel on the spot with a little question and answer session, giving you the inside scoop on one of our newest employees.
Let’s start at the beginning. Where did you grow up?
Well, I was born and raised in Osceola county. I even went to Osceola High School (and still have a hard time spelling kowboy without the ‘k’), so Osceola County is a big part of who I am.
What did you do after high school?
I went to the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). I graduated in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration and minors in Non-Profit Management and Sports Business Management.
Where did you work before now?
I worked at Old Town for two and half years as the Sales, Marketing and Events Managers before coming to the Historical Society.
All right, now time for some fun questions. What are some of your hobbies?
I love photography, gardening and cooking. I also love to travel. I have been to Europe (twice now), Aruba, Puerto Rico, Barbados, the Bahamans, all around the United States and several other places as well. And I would love to see more!
What is something that is important to you?
Family is definitely important to me. I have two brothers and one sister. We spend a lot of time together, as well as with my parents and my extended family. Every year, I plan a family event called Survivor Weekend, where I team up my family members to compete against each other in different events. As you can see, event planning is just a part of who I am in all parts of my life. I also have a God Daughter, Kenadi, who I love spending time with. We go to a lot of the different local attractions together and it is always so much fun.
What do you want to bring to the Osceola County Historical Society?
That’s definitely something I have thought about a lot. There are quite a few things that I plan to do here at the Historical Society.
- I want to launch a new referral program. This program will be designed to promote the Osceola County Historical Society and everything we encompass to people visiting our destination. There will be incentives for Concierge Representatives to refer visitors to us, helping us grow in the local community as well.
- I really want to work with Osceola County Schools. I would like to see us focus on field trips, our traveling trunks program and hosting more events such as Night at the Museum. These are events our Program Coordinator Kimber Davis puts together and I have the opportunity to promote them. Each program is educational and can help provide the history of Osceola County to the students.
- It would be great to host an annual teacher/staff appreciation party. Our teachers and staff in Osceola County play an instrumental part in molding today’s youth. We want to take a day to show them our appreciation by inviting them to the museum for a little fun of their own.
- I want to plan a 5K. This is an event we have been discussing as a team since I started in late April. I think it would be a great family-friendly event to help raise money for more programs, exhibits and community events. All proceeds from our fundraisers are used to help fulfill our mission—preserving the history of Osceola County.
- I think it is important to create a partnership with the local attractions and hotels. One of our focuses for the Welcome Center is to provide information about the local attractions and hotels. My goal is to build partnerships with each of these entities so we can help them grow. This also provides information for our guests, an added benefit for us.
- I want to create a program where the staff of the Historical Society visit different attractions for team building exercises. This will also help familiarize the staff with what each attraction offers, as well as create a strong team that will work together for the community.
We are very excited to welcome Rachel to the the team, and we know we will be seeing a lot from her. Welcome to the Historical Society, Rachel!